Tuesday Evening Owls: Rep. Sarbanes’ H.R. 1 invoice would implement vote-by-mail and different voting reforms

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However, not like the primary model of the invoice, which handed the Home in March 2019 and predictably went nowhere within the Republican-controlled Senate, it additionally consists of key provisions that may construct on the success of widespread vote by mail within the 2020 election. It will make no-excuse absentee voting a nationwide proper, permitting each American to vote by mail while not having to supply a purpose, as some states nonetheless require. It will prohibit states from making voters get their mail ballots co-signed or notarized, eradicating an pointless barrier that makes it tougher to vote from dwelling. It will mandate that each county have a adequate variety of drop packing containers the place voters can return their filled-out ballots. It will have the federal authorities pre-pay all postage on absentee ballots, eliminating yet one more barrier to mail voting: price. It will require that states enable voters to ship mail ballots at polling stations. And it could bar states from enacting voter ID necessities to request a mail poll, which Republicans in Georgia and Texas are actually pushing for.

Collectively, these measures would enhance the voting course of in numerous methods—as an example, by eliminating the uncertainty that voters and elections confronted final fall whereas native legal guidelines have been litigated, and necessities modified daily. H.R.1 additionally has a number of the finest mechanisms to “forestall Republicans from dismantling voting rights and voting entry below the guise of safety, all in response to allegations of voter fraud that they themselves fabricated,” mentioned Tammy Patrick, former commissioner on Obama’s Presidential Fee on Election Administration. […]

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“One of many qualities of liberty is that, so long as it’s being striven after, it goes on increasing. Subsequently, the person who stands within the midst of the battle and says, ‘I’ve it’, merely exhibits by doing in order that he has simply misplaced it.”  ~~Henrik Ibsen (1871)

BLAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Day by day Kos in 2010—Right now’s “do not ask, do not inform” listening to:

In what Carl Levin (D-MI) described as a “profile in management,” right now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers Mike Mullen gave a stirring private assertion in help of repealing the navy’s “do not ask, do not inform” coverage

However as anticipated, throughout the Senate Armed Companies Committee listening to, Protection Secretary Gates and Mullen introduced that the Pentagon would start a yearlong research to find out how one can finish the navy’s discriminatory “do not ask, do not inform” coverage.

And on the identical time, a number of Republican opposition themes emerged: we will not do that whereas we’re in the midst of two wars, they perceive that the witnesses are simply following orders from their Leftist-in-Chief, or that Gates and Mullen are biased and can exert undue affect on their subordinates to get the outcomes they need. Take your choose.

So, why will it take a 12 months of critiques, research and surveys to determine that saying “none of your damned enterprise” is the one coverage they want?